State of origin Game 1 2018
Revenge is a dish best served cold and the NSW Blues will be aiming to serve it out thick under the brisk Victorian sky when game 1 of the State of Origin series kicks off at Melbourne’s iconic MCG. The 2017 State of Origin was an epic battle that saw the Maroons seize the trophy from the Blues in the third game decider. All round it was a hotly contested league event that sent fans, players and footy experts into a tail spin of excitement. Book now to be part of all the live Origin action on June 6th, 2018 for its guaranteed to be a super charged clash, fuelled by the intense rivalry between each state’s most supreme players. Read on to learn more about the 2018 series, the epic venue and the city.
State of Origin – a Brief History
Melbourne’s MCG arena will play host to Stage of Origin Game 1 in 2018. Making it the first time in the event’s history that an opening match will be played outside of New South Wales or Queensland. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the first origin clash held at the MCG. The Blues often perform well here, and it will be interesting to see if they can keep up their Melbourne momentum and play to win on the night. While the consensus may favour the Maroons, given they have dominated the series throughout its history, there’s still a solid chance the Blues will outperform them come crunch time. 2017’s loss will still be feeling fresh and the lads are likely to come out guns blazing. All will be revealed closer to the draw when each state names its respective team members. One thing we know the State of Origin will deliver is a footy match for the record books.
The Mighty MCG
The Melbourne Cricket Ground last staged the Origin for Game II back in 2015, when a record breaking 91,513 fans flocked to the arena. Did the crowd support from their southern brothers help get NSW over the line that time? Food for thought, indeed. There’s no doubt about the arena’s ability to raise fans adrenaline energy through the proverbial roof. And not just because of its capacity to hold mega crowds but because it’s cemented in Australian folk lore as the true oz home of sport. The ‘G’ as it’s colloquially known is more than just a sports venue. It’s a place where memories are made, and childhood dreams come alive. Be there in the flesh for Game 1 and you’ll immediately understand what the hype is all about.
Melbourne City Nightlife
Since you’ve travelled to Melbourne for the State of Origin, we figure you’re just like us here at Sportsnet Holidays and a highly committed sports fan. Keep the good times rolling post-game and check out the following sporting friendly venues;
• The Imperial. Smack bang in the middle of the CBD is this ripper pub, the third oldest in the city. It’s a big joint with a huge rooftop area that offers up awesome skyline views. A hotspot for Premier League followers (it’s the home of Liverpool FC supporters in Melbourne). There’s always a variety of live sports on the screens here including golf, league, tennis etc.
• The London Tavern Hotel. Right near the MCG, the tavern is a city institution for footy fans. The outdoor beer garden has a casual atmosphere while the sports bar is a hive of activity. Melbourne has an international reputation for top notch food and the London Tavern doesn’t disappoint. The menu here is outstanding, generous serves at prices that won’t break the bank.
• The Charles Dickens Tavern. A right, charming British Pub is ye. It’s a traditional English pub and a lively sports bar in one with plenty of big screen TVs to accommodate sports fans. A cosy haven to escape to pre or post-game.
Check out our 1 & 2 night State of Origin packages now and score yourself entry into the “The Sportsnet Melbourne Kick-Off”. Starting at 5:00pm on Wednesday 6th June 2018, this special event includes guest interviews with Origin legends, photo & autograph opportunities, live tunes, 2 hours of beverages and dinner. Contact Sportsnet Holidays soon and we’ll secure you the best Melbourne CBD hotels, reserved State of Origin tickets and event transfers – all rolled into an exclusive origin holiday package tailored just for you.